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Jewish Leadership is Much More Than A Game of Thrones©

Jewish Leadership is Much More Than A Game of Thrones© Rabbi David Baum, Parashat Pinchas
It’s the middle of the summer, but #winterishere
What I mean by that is the new season of Game of Thrones is about to begin again.
Let me begin by saying that this show is not for the young, and is graphic when it comes to sex and violence, and I do not give it my seal of approval, but then again, our holy document isn’t so tame, like in last week’s parashah Balak which ended with mass fornication only ending when a priest named Pinchas took a spear, and let me read you the exact words:“stabbed both of them, the Israelite and the woman, through the belly.”Numbers 25:8
But people are obsessed with this series for many other reasons.Game of Thrones is aptly named because that is essentially what it is - a series of leaders vying for a seat on the Iron Throne, to be the king or queen of the seven kingdoms.
The throne was made by an infamous king who conquered the land and took the swords of all of …

Tips on Jewish Spiritual Parenting

Tips on Jewish Spiritual Parenting by Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh From Brunch at the Park!  July 16, 2017 Text 1: Abundant blessings חייב אדם לברך מאה ברכות בכל יום שנאמר 'A person must make one hundred ( meah) blessings each day, as it is stated (דברים י, יב) ועתה ישראל מה ה' אלהיך שואל מעמך (Deuteronomy 10:12), "And now Israel, what ( mah) does the Lord, your God, ask of you."
Why do you think it is important for us to say 100 blessings a day? What do blessings do for you? Try this: Download the 'Sanctifull' App by the Rabbinical Assembly - When you see a rainbow, look up the prayer and teach your children about it. The app is a great tool to mark everyday spiritual experiences with your families! On Friday evenings at Shabbat dinner, go around and ask them what they were grateful for this week? Text 2: Holiness at every opportunity Barukh ata adonai elohenu melekh ha’olam, sheheche…